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xxni   THE CHURCH OF S. SAVIOUR IN THE CHORAJ    305
interesting sights of the capital, presenting one of,,the finest embodiments of the ideal which inspired Byzantine art.
Architectural Features
As the history of the church prepares us to expectj the building presents a very irregular plan. The central area is a short-armed Greek cross surmounted by a dome, and
terminating to the east in a large apse flanked by side chapels
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* DOOR TO'OM INNER NARTHCX TO WRCH' JL DOCK AT SOUTH END OF INNER' NARTHEX 0 MAIN BOOR. TO INNER NAKTHEX,
FIG. 99.
now disconnected from it.    To the west are two narthexes, on the south a parecclesion, and on the north a gallery in , two stories.
As the central part of the church is the oldest and of the greatest interest, the description will begin with the interior, and deal afterwards with the later exterior accretions.
Only two doors lead from the inner narthex to the church, one of them in the centre of the axis and the other to the north. The absence of the corresponding and customary third doors for which there is space on the south side, should be noticed^ as it throws light on the original plan of the building. The doors are beautifully treated with marble
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